July 26, 2010

Safeway & BFC Partnership Continues

You may remember that, as we began our reusable bag drive to help our clients avoid the newly-implemented bag tax, we received a pledge from Safeway of more than 7,000 reusable bags for our pantry. Well, our partnership with Safeway doesn't stop there.

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the breakfast ceremony hosted by the Safeway Foundation where thousands of dollars in grants were awarded to local charities. Among the groups receiving funding was Bread for the City who received a grant in the amount of $5,000! This funding will help us provide food to more than 6,000 people.

"The employees of Safeway are proud to be able to support local organizations like this that touch the lives of our customers," said Gregory Ten Eyeck (right), chairman of The Safeway Foundation for the Eastern Division.

The Foundation is funded through the generous contributions of Safeway employees throughout its Eastern Division. The decisions to whom grants are given are made by a committee comprised of a diverse group of Safeway employees from throughout its local operating area. The Foundation places a special emphasis on organizations in the areas of hunger relief, education, special needs, and health and human services and strives to return contributions to the neighborhoods shared by their stores.

Without the dedicated support of Safeway and the host of other organizations in our community who partner with us in our mission, we simply could not do what we do. So we at Bread for the City offer a big "Thank You!" to the Safeway employees and foundation for their support. And we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.

No comments: